There are some powerful data editing controls in Silverlight such as the DataForm which let you define templates for ReadOnly and Edit modes, but sometimes you just need a simple way to view and update text. I came across a scenario in a custom application that required a simple way to view and edit text. The solution I came up with was a “Click to Edit” TextBlock. In the default state, the text is displayed as a read-only TextBlock, but you can simply click on the TextBlock for it to become an editable TextBox.
Here is a working example (Silverlight 5 plugin required):
To accomplish this, I built a UserControl that has both a TextBlock and a TextBox which are both bound to the same DependencyProperty for the Text value. Then I bind the visibility of each to an IsEditing DependencyProperty that gets toggled based on the focus state of the control.
Josh holds a BS in Computer Science and Business Systems from Taylor University and lives in Charlotte, NC. He enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.